"To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift."
                  -Steve Prefontaine

Meet Coach Dana

Hello and Welcome!  

Hi! I am Coach Dana, and I am a Road Runners Club of America, USATF Level I and VDOT O2 Certified Coach. I also provide LIVE coaching and running classes at Charge Running. I have been a runner for 30+ years and truly have a passion for running and helping others reach their goals. I am a minivan driving momma with three little ones who understands the struggle for finding balance and joy in life and running. 

Running Highlights:

5 Marathons, 17 Half Marathons, 100+ 10K, 5K and other races. Ran competitively starting in junior high through college and beyond. Ran before kids, while pregnant, between kids, and while juggling three little ones. 

Why Do I Run: 

It is a part of me. I run to get better, stay competitive, find peace and be an example for my kids. 

What Kind Of Coach Are You:

Honest and encouraging. I have had good, great, decent and awful races. I have been there and can help you through all the highs and lows of running.

Favorite Quote: 

Be You.

Online Coaching

At True Potential Running, we cater to athletes of all ages and experience levels. Whether you are looking to move to the next level in your running career, are just starting to explore running, or are looking to get back in shape after some time off, online coaching will help you reach your true potential.

Monthly Coaching

$150 Per Month

  • Customized Training Plan (built around your running history, schedule and upcoming races)

  • Email communication with your coach 

  • Expert advice on stretching, nutrition, race prep and recovery

  • Online access to your training plan through Training Peaks

  • Feedback on runs and workouts

  • Training schedule modifications if necessary

  • Running-specific strength and stretching exercises to prevent injury

Each month your Monthly Coaching membership will automatically renew for $150.00 and be charged to a valid credit/debit card or PayPal account on file, which may be updated by the card issuer, or an existing PayPal account. There is new customer one time sign up fee of $4.94, which includes account set up and training plan design. 

At True Potential Running, we strive to help you achieve your running goals while helping others. We will donate 5% of your Coaching and Training Plan expenses to Girls On The Run, an organization that utilizes running to empower girls to find the confidence to pursue their boldest dreams.


Here's what our friends are saying about True Potential:


                                                                                                                          Yin C., Chicago, Illinois

                                                                                                                                        Novice Runner

"I started running about two years ago and I've been through a few 5K/10K races. Right now, I'm preparing for my first half marathon in October. Coach Dana has over 20 years running experience and she definitely has a passion for this sport. She asked me to have a test run first so she can figure out my pace. Then she set up a week by week training plan for me based on all the data she gathered. I'm always running on my own, so I don't know much about a training plan and all the terminologies (tempo run, interval run, fartlek, etc.).


I had a lot of questions to ask Coach Dana, and she is always very responsive. She explained to me very patiently what the training is, how to run it, what post-training activity I should be doing, etc. Not only did Coach Dana's advice help me to better understand the purpose of the training, but she made me feel comfortable and confident  to run the course.

I highly recommend Coach Dana to anyone who is serious about running, or someone who just wants to run outside, have some fun and know what he/she is doing without injury, like myself."


                                                                                                                        Brenda A., Ashland, Ohio

                                                                                                                                Experienced Runner

"Coach Dana has taught me so very much. Running and challenging myself is something that I never dreamed would take the adventure that it has. 


I am 65 years old and to date I am training for my 21st half marathon in September 2017 and my 11th full marathon in October 2017. Dana challenged me to run a 10K in 2009, then proposed that I run my first half marathon in January 2010. Today I am training so much differently – Dana has explained the “whys” and “because,” which has made me a better runner. I have learned so many things that you will not be able to read in a book or learn from the internet. 

This year I have already completed # 18, 19 and 20 half marathons, each a PR from the previous runs on those courses. My last half I PRed by 14 minutes! I believe truly that my training has become much more effective and efficient. My reasons for running are clearer and I am accomplishing runs that I thought I was not capable of achieving.

I would without any question recommend Coach Dana to support you with whatever you are trying to achieve with running. Set your goal and Dana is right there to map it all out and put a plan together for you. Looking forward to my next half marathon and full marathon times! I can bet they will be awesome…"

"I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Dana through True Potential Running.


I've been a runner since middle school and have continued until now, age 38. Recently, however, I had lost my passion for running partially because I didn't feel great on my runs and I was getting bored with the workouts. 

After I discovered True Potential and completed the questionnaire and received the workouts, I wasn't sure I'd be able to do it. With the encouragement and expertise of Dana, however, I'm happy to say that I'm enjoying running again and feeling great! The varied workouts have added excitement and a needed challenge to my running. 

I'm so pleased with True Potential and the progress I've made. I'm confident I'll set a PR in my next half marathon but more importantly, I love running again!"

                                                                                                                         Carrie G., Wooster, Ohio

                                                                                                                              Experienced Runner:

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